How to Bike Safely in Skirts & Dresses: Best Tips

How to Bike Safely in Skirts & Dresses: Best Tips

Biking in a skirt or dress can be tricky. One gust of wind or an unexpected hitch, and you’re left feeling exposed and uncomfortable. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Tip 1: Pick the right skirt/dress for you

Female cyclist wearing a skirt

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Thinking of riding your Bobbin bike in a skirt or dress? Go for it! But you’ll want to choose the right one for safety and style. Here are some factors and tips for you to consider:

  • Wear skirts or dresses that are knee-length and above. The shorter the hemlines are, the less there is risk of getting tangled in chains.
  • Choose breathable and stretchy fabrics like cotton blends or jerseys for comfort.
  • Consider A-line and wrap dresses/skirts, which are less likely to catch in the wind or bike components. They also offer more freedom of movement.
  • Wear tight shorts underneath to prevent chafing and for modesty in case of gusts.
  • Use bicycle clips or rubber bands to keep the hem of your dress or skirt secured while riding.

Tip 2: Try the penny trick!

Ladies, the “penny trick” can be your secret weapon for riding a bike in a skirt or dress! All you have to do is place a penny or a similar coin on your saddle and position it towards the back. It might not seem like a big deal, but it can help prevent your skirt or dress from catching on the saddle. The fabric drapes over the coin rather than getting tangled in the seat.

Make sure to remove the coin when you dismount the bike, though. Overall, you can pedal in your favourite bike to work outfit with confidence!

Tip 3: The binder clip method

This works by securing the hem of your skirt or dress on one side with a binder clip. The binder clips prevent the fabric from flapping and getting caught in the bike’s gears. It’s a discreet and simple way to maintain your style and comfort while cycling. Just ensure the clip is fastened securely to prevent any mishaps. 

How do you sit on a bike with a short skirt?

Sit on the saddle and let the fabric cover your lap evenly to avoid discomfort or exposure. Make sure it’s evenly spread to prevent discomfort or exposure. Wear tight shorts underneath for added confidence.

How do you sit in a long skirt?

Gather the extra fabric and pull it to one side before sitting. This keeps it from getting tangled in the bike’s parts. Make sure it’s secured to the side so it doesn’t interfere with pedalling.

With these tips, biking in skirts and dresses is now more accessible than ever. Women riders can enjoy cycling while prioritising safety and style. So go ahead, pedal away confidently, and embrace the joy of biking in style!

Take a look at our selection of women’s bikes if you haven’t found the perfect one for you yet. Up next on your reading list: Our Best And Most Loved Women’s Bikes

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